Antonio Brown has been one of the best receivers in the league the past few years, arguably the best. In any matchup he’s faced, even the toughest ones, Brown finds a way to have a big game. It doesn’t even feel surprising anymore when he has monstrous games of ten catches and well over 100 yards. Retaining Antonio Brown for an extended period of time is definitely a top priority for the Steelers, because he and Ben Roethlisberger are a deadly duo.
With Derek Carr eligible for a contract extension upon completion of this season, his third in the NFL, the Oakland Raiders and Carr’s representatives will likely sit down this offseason and try to hammer out a deal. The Raiders have managed their salary cap in fantastic fashion and are poised to extend Carr without too much difficulty. What will the extension terms look like? Much depends on how this season finishes out for Carr, but if he continues to play at a high level, he will be one of the highest paid players in the NFL.
Please read part 1 for the ranking methodology and to see the teams that rank 32 to 17.
Minnesota is decidedly average in just about every category. Their future spending prospects went down slightly with the panic addition of Sam Bradford as that puts them in a worse position in 2017 than they are this year. They track almost identical to Seattle in that if this year is good enough they probably can’t add a ton, but they have huge flexibility to create cap room. When you can create that kind of cap room through cuts you aren’t completely selling out your future, even when you trade a first round pick for a player who will backup Shaun Hill in week 1.
Every year we hear about teams mortgaging the future when it come to the salary cap. Generally what we mean when we say that is that a team is artificially lowering a player’s salary cap charge in the current year in order to maximize the talent pool on the roster. I’m not sure anyone has really tried to quantify the degree by which a team has put so much focus on a particular season, but with the regular season about to kick off I wanted to rank just how much each team has leveraged themselves to compete in the 2016 season. Continue reading Mortgaging the Future, Part I »
The Cowboys signed Center Travis Frederick to a new contract on Sunday. I’m sure by now we’ve heard all the superlatives thrown around regarding the size of the contract, the guarantees on the contract and so on, so I wanted to dive deeper into the contract and see exactly how this plays out and where the benefits lie for both sides. Continue reading Thoughts on Cowboys contract with Travis Frederick »
Yesterday I took a look at Eric Fisher’s new contract and tried to come up with the logic of both sides in agreeing to the contract. Today I want to look at Tyrann Mathieu of the Cardinals and his recent $12.5 million per year contract extension. I have a pretty different view of this contract than Fisher’s. Continue reading Thoughts on Tyrann Mathieu’s Contract »
With a flurry of new contracts coming in I wanted to give some quick breakdowns and thoughts on the contracts. Party I wanted to do this because Ive been getting some questions on the deals but also because I think in general we are going way overboard on the guaranteed portions of the contract which sometimes mean something different. I’ll start with Eric Fisher of the Chiefs whose contract was first broken down today by Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. Continue reading Thoughts on Eric Fisher’s New Contract »